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MLS Game Summary - Philadelphia at New York



(Saturday, April 24, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: New York 2, Philadelphia 1

Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick in the second half, and Red Bull New York edged the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday to remain unbeaten.

Angel converted the penalty in the 67th minute following a handball in the box by Philadelphia's Michael Orozco. Angel also converted a penalty last week for the game-winner against FC Dallas, also a 2-1 win.

Salou Ibrahim also scored for New York (4-0-1), which won for the third time in as many games in its new stadium. The Red Bulls four wins is just one fewer than they had all of last season, when they had the worst record in MLS.

"Last year was a bit different for us as a team, but we want to put that in the past," said New York defender Jeremy Hall, who assisted on Ibrahim's goal. "It feels great to win. I'm coming into the locker room after games and seeing smiles instead of frowns."

The expansion Union (1-0-3) lost for the third time in four matches. Sebastien Le Toux scored Philadelphia's lone goal in the 59th minute. Le Toux has scored four of the team's five goals this season.

"We played well, we just have to fix mistakes," Le Toux said. "We come back and after there is a mistake, there was a handball ... it's unfortunate and we're a little bit frustrated."

Le Toux had a chance to put the Union in front inside five minutes, but he was unable to convert from 12 yards following a nice set up from Alejandro Moreno.

New York's first chance came from Ibrahim, who took a pass from Dane Richards, spun and fired toward the upper-left in the sixth but the shot curled wide.

Le Toux and Moreno combined on another good scoring chance in the 11th, but Le Toux sent a shot wide of the right post from 10 yards.

Angel, who has three goals this season, nearly put New York in the lead before half but was denied by Union goalie Chris Seitz from 12 yards in the 41st.

The Red Bulls broke through five minutes after half when Hall drove a cross from the right side to the far post, where Ibrahim stepped inside Philadelphia defender Jordan Harvey and then jumped in front of Seitz to head the ball into the net from just a few yards out. Ibrahim's goal was his first of the year.

Le Toux, who scored a hat trick in the Union's 3-2 win over D.C. United, tied the match less than 10 minutes later off an assist from Moreno. Le Toux drove in to the left post to run onto a perfect low pass through the six-yard box by Moreno, and tapped in from close range.

Philadelphia handed the lead back to New York when Orozco misjudged the ball, and it bounced off his left arm just inside the penalty area. Angel, who also missed a penalty last week, drove the spot kick into the left side past Seitz.

"I think he was concerned that I was going to jump for it because I kind of, you know, went to him and then sat back," Angel said. "So I think he lost me in the air, and then he basically used his arm and unlucky for him that, you know, it touched his arm right away."

The Union had two great chances to escape with a draw but Moreno, who did well to spin while on the ground to get a shot off toward an empty goal only to see it deflected wide, and rookie Jack McInerney, who fired an open header wide of the left post from five yards, both failed to find the net.

"We had chances and the most important thing is to finish those chances. We have to work on it," Union coach Peter Nowak said. "It's as simple as that."

New York visits D.C. and Philadelphia visits the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 1.

04/24 19:55:19 ET